Streamlining and optimizing school meal systems.

Utensils IconConsulting Services

Chef Cyndie and the K-12 Team provide on- and off-site school meal operational services including:

  • Menu planning and nutritional analysis
  • Recipe engineering and photography
  • Scratch and speed scratch production
  • Work simplification and scheduling
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Facilities and equipment recommendations
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Learning IconSeminars and Presentations

Think of the K-12 Culinary Excellence Team when planning your conference, staff workshop, or a smash-up of school nutrition professionals with other stakeholders in your district. Number of participants is not limited.

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Money Management for Managers

This highly interactive two-day learning course combines financial management with kitchen management plus a dash of culinary skills. It's a new twist on a favorite course. Two instructors (one classroom/one chef) provide purchasing and serving strategies unit managers can easily implement to improve the financial stability of their nutrition program.

About Chef Cyndie

Chef Cyndie Story

Cyndie Story, PhD, RDN, SNS, Certified Chef

  • Culinary Solution's K-12 Team Leader
  • Over 25 years specializing in school nutrition operations, including quantity food production and recipe engineering
  • Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for her work in child nutrition

Chef Cyndie has a PhD in Food and Lodging Management obtained through Iowa State University’s Child Nutrition Leadership Academy. She is a Registered Dietitian and culinarian working primarily in school foodservice since 1989. Chef Cyndie has presented numerous hands-on and demonstration-style food production and food safety classes throughout the U.S. Her specialties include quantity food preparation, recipe development, food safety, work simplification, fresh produce fabrication, nutrition, and merchandizing techniques that encourage customers to make healthier choices. Chef Cyndie knows the importance of exceptional food quality, presentation, and safety. Call Chef Cyndie today to bring her knowledge and skills to your organization.


“Thank you so very much for coming and presenting to Nebraska school nutrition staff at our state culinary workshops. They loved you and want you back!”

— Zainab Rida, Nebraska Department of Education


“I wish had a video set up to record our associates when they stopped by the office after attending the K-12 Culinary. You could have made a commercial out of it. They arrived with granola in hand, stories about what they shared with families and friends, what they learned, what they were going to use in their schools for the upcoming year and questions for us about how they could support with moving our program forward. Seriously great stuff. It just continues to impress me the impact the Culinary Institute has on our associates.”

— Chapel Hill-Carboro School District


“It was so rewarding to introduce your recommendations at my manager’s meeting, and to know it would help reduce the chaos was the cherry on top! My staff literally cheered!”

— Heather Plain, Bonneville Joint School District No. 93


"Thank you so much K-12 Team for traveling to all of these NC workshops to provide such fun, awesome trainings."

— Onslow County School Nutrition


A few of Chef Cyndie’s satisfied clients:


  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Institute of Child Nutrition
  • School Nutrition Association
  • USDA/FNS Office of Food Safety
K-12 Culinary Team at SNA National Conference


  • Alabama Department of Education
  • Florida Department of Education
  • Georgia Department of Education
  • Hawaii School Food Servies Branch
  • Indiana Department of Education
  • Iowa Department of Education
  • Mississippi Department of Education
  • Nebraska Department of Education
  • Nevada Department of Agriculture
  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • State Nutrition Association State Conference
    in AL, GA, FL, IA, IN, KY, LA, MI, MS, MO, ND, NE, OK, OR, TX, VA, VT, WY
  • Texas – Regional offices


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina
  • The Bower Foundation
  • Farmers Communication Exchange, LLC
  • Handguards®
  • Pacific Norhwest Canned Pears
  • Starkist®
  • Sunkist Foodservice®
  • USA Potatoes
  • USA Rice
  • Y- Pulse®

Plus, a multitude local large, medium, and small school districts throughout the U.S.